Between Art & Science of Photography !

January 2, 2017

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The debate over whether photography is a science or art has been continuing since ages and it will be till the very existence of this civilisation. Those who are more inclined towards the technical aspects, they argue that the terminologies used in photography to the very process of capturing, processing and producing the desired image in the camera is itself based on scientific theories and principles, they think that one need to have better knowledge of optics ( a branch of physics ), light theory of colours and sound knowledge of certain software for better performance in photography but those who consider it as an art are more inclined towards the aesthetic aspects of photography. It starts from imagination in the mind to composition and the final recipe presented at different forums, all need an artistic touch to be called as a better photographer, but the one aspect that often remains silent in this debate is the commerce of photography which is very essential for the sustainability of a professional photographer in this highly competitive era. It may not be that much important for an Amateur or a hobbyist photographer, either they have an other source of income or siting on a piles of wealth and least concerned about establishing their identity in this field, they can do all kind of R&D in photography, where as for a professional photographer this third aspect is as important as knowing the nuances of other two aspects of photography that has been discussed above, because they are not only dependent on it for their bread and butter, but their identity, reputation, recognition and brand mostly rest on it.

 

I am fortunate enough to get a good academy and an able mentor in the form of Mr Munish Khanna at the very early stage of switching to my second career as a freelance photographer after serving twenty long years in Defence . Unlike any other traditional photography institute, here we are being taught in a unique way about all the three aspects of photography, starting from very basic fundamentals to dealing with high end clients. Each and every individual’s personal and professional backgrounds are analysed thoroughly, their genre of photography field of interests and requirements are discussed elaborately and then customised training modules are prepared and imparted accordingly. I am immensely benefitted from this method of study and in the process of becoming a good professional photographer.

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